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Best Headphones For Watching Movies

Best Headphones For Watching Movies? – Four Main Factors

 

Everyone likes to feel like they’re in the movie theater with the smell of buttery popcorn and snacks being opened when they sit down to watch a movie. A big part of the atmosphere of watching a movie in the theater is the quality of the sound accompanying the movie.

Now, if you choose to stay at home and save a couple bucks you’ll want to have a decent enough audio setup to make the experience more worth it.

Not only speakers, but headphones play a big role in the enjoyment of doing so. I will be giving a rundown of what makes the best headphones for watching movies such an important aspect of your personal enjoyment.

 

Best Headphones For Watching Movies – The 4 Main Factors


Comfort

Now, to go back to the movie theater experience, another important aspect is the comfort of the seat where you’ll be spending the next couple hours.

The same thing applies here to the comfort of your headphones. When I sit down to watch Underworld: Blood Wars or a longer movie such as The Place Beyond The Pines I’d rather not be worrying more about adjusting the headphones than becoming engrossed in the plot.

 

Battery Life

There are a lot of quality headphones that require charging and there are also some that do not. I prefer to go with the ones that do not. Let’s say you forgot to turn your headphones off in a rush to get to work on time. When you get back home to listen or watch something, you plug your headphones in only to realize that they’re dead.

This is a problem to be avoided at all costs. If you are hyper vigilant about keeping devices charged maybe you don’t run into this problem. For the other group of people, sometimes things happen and batteries die.

Another point to add is that if your headphones don’t have a battery life indicator and you turn Lord of the Rings on, they might die midway through the movie, which is always a bummer.

Once again, another reason I prefer headphones that don’t require batteries or charging at all.


Sound Quality

Of course the actual quality of sound effects, the emotion of the actors, and the soundtrack of the movie itself all contribute to your overall rating of the movie.

The better the quality of your headphones, the better overall experience you will have. Watch the short video below to see an audiophile’s take on watching movies using headphones vs. speakers.

 

 

This is pretty much self explanatory but if you’d like further explanation on how to choose your perfect pair of headphones based on various factors, you can check out the post here.


Wired or Wireless?

If you primarily use a gaming console, such as an Xbox or Playstation, to stream movies, you have a couple different options. Xbox controllers give you the option to plug your headphones directly into the controller. This will allow you to escape having to use only wireless headphones.

If you have a smart tv that allows you to connect wirelessly, maybe the best option would be to find a solid pair of wireless headphones.

It’s also possible that you primarily stream and watch movies directly from your phone. In this case, wireless or wired connections don’t matter nearly as much.The same sentiment applies to streaming from a laptop or desktop computer.

One thing I have found is that sometimes the quality of sound is slightly sacrificed in exchange for wireless capability. This may not always be the case but it does play a factor in the bigger picture.


Top 5 Picks For Watching Movies

Listed below are 5 of the top choices for this purpose in order of least expensive to the most expensive. There’s a pretty big range of options for everyone to choose from here. For some of these, you will need an external wireless transmitter for use with your TV. On the ones that you need that for, I linked you directly to the #1 best-selling model on Amazon. 

For the all-in-one systems, you won’t need any additional gear to start using them right out of the box. I hope you enjoy this list, I’m sure there’s at least one model on here that will peak your interest!

 

  1. MPOW Thor Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones
  2. COWIN E7 Active Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones
  3. Sony MDRRF985RK Wireless RF Headphone System
  4. MEE Audio Matrix 3 Bluetooth
  5. Bose SoundLink Wireless II Around-Ear Headphones

1. MPOW Thor Bluetooth On-Ear Headphones

 

Best Headphones For Watching Movies

Basic Features and Specifications:

  • Listen for up to 8 hours on a single charge
  • 40mm drivers
  • CSR Bluetooth Chip (for faster transmission speeds and lower latency)
  • Memory Foam ear pads with protein leather covering
  • Wire-free listening at up to 33 ft.
  • Built-in microphone
  • Compact foldable design
  • Frequency Response: 8-24,000 Hz
  • Weight: 6.5 oz.

 

 

 

These are perfect for you if you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option that also has all the basic features you would need for this purpose. They have a decent battery life, a built-in CSR chip, and a pretty decent Bluetooth range. You will need an external Bluetooth transmitter which can be seen here. If you usually watch your entertainment on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop you will not need an external transmitter. 

 

Best Headphones For Watching Movies

 

 

 


2. COWIN E7 Active Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones

 

Best Headphones For Watching Movies

Basic Features and Specifications:

  • ANC Technology (works in wired or wireless mode)
  • 40mm drivers (for balanced, accurate audio reproduction)
  • Listen for up to 30 hours on a single charge
  • NFC pairing technology built-in (for easy Bluetooth pairing)
  • 90 degree swiveling ear cup design (protein covering)
  • Built-in microphone (for hands-free calling/Skype)
  • Carrying case included
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Weight: 13.6 oz.

 

 

 

The COWIN E7 model would be a great choice for you if you want noise-cancelling, NFC pairing, a solid battery life, and a compact folding design that won’t break the bank. Like the model above, you will also need an external Bluetooth transmitter if you plan on using these with your TV. The #1 best-selling one on Amazon can be found here.

If you usually watch your entertainment on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop you will not need an external transmitter. 

 

Best Headphones For Watching Movies

 

 


3. Sony MDRRF985RK Wireless RF Headphone System

 

Best Headphones For Watching Movies

Basic Features and Specifications: 

  • RF Wireless Transmitter Included
  • Comfortable over-ear design with plush ear cups
  • Compact Foldable design (with adjustable headband)
  • Listen wire-free for up to 25 hours on a single charge (enough to watch almost 8 full-length films)
  • RF signal strong at up to 150 ft. away (with automatic tuning)
  • 40mm drivers
  • Frequency Response: 10-22,000 Hz
  • Weight: 11.29 oz. 

 

 

 

This Sony RF system is perfect for you if you want the all-in-one setup that plugs directly into your flat-screen. It has the charging station that also doubles as a wireless transmitter, and docking port to keep your ‘phones in good condition. The transmission range, battery life, and lighter weight are all good features to consider. 

 

Best Headphones For Watching Movies

 

 


4. MEE Audio Bluetooth Wireless Headphone System

 

Best Headphones For Watching Movies

Basic Features and Specifications:

  • Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX/AAC codec built-in (for HD audio playback)
  • Listen wire-free for up to 24 hours on a single charge
  • Bluetooth signal strong at up to 30 ft. away
  • Memory foam ear pads (for added comfort and custom fit)
  • Compact folding design (denim carrying case included) 
  • Micro USB charger included
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Weight: 7.0  oz.

 

 

 

The MEE Audio Wireless System is a great all-in-one package for watching your favorite movie right from your TV. It comes with a wireless transmitter, aptX and Bluetooth 4.0, and weighs only 7.0 ounces. The lighter weight will keep you comfortable for longer periods of viewing time and with a battery life of 24 hours, they don’t leave much for us to complain about. All that, on top of the fact that the actual sound quality that these offer is above average (especially for Bluetooth) means you can enjoy hours and hours of quality entertainment. 

 

Best Headphones For Watching Movies

 

 


5. Bose SoundLink Wireless Around-Ear Headphones II

 

Best Headphones For Watching Movies

 

Basic Features and Specifications:

  • Listen for up to 15 hours on a single charge
  • Connect to up to 2 devices at a time
  • NFC pairing (for hands-free Bluetooth connectivity)
  • TriPort and Active EQ (for accurate audio playback response)
  • Comfortable micro-suede Alcantra headband (for even weight distribution)
  • Carrying case included
  • Rechargeable battery via Micro USB cable
  • Weight: 6.88 oz.

 

 

 

The SoundLink II model is the perfect choice for you if you value a higher quality overall experience. They are quite a bit more expensive but the comfort and additional features might be worth it. You will need to invest in an external transmitter if you prefer watching your entertainment on a TV. The #1 best-selling wireless transmitter on Amazon can be found here.

If you usually watch entertainment on your smartphone, laptop, or tablet, you do not need any additional gear. 

 

Best Headphones For Watching Movies

 

 


In Conclusion – Which One Looks The Best?

All in all, I’d like to hear your opinion on what factors play the biggest role for a headphone while watching a movie.

Also, if you have ideas for additional factors, go ahead and leave those in the comments as well. Any one of the models from above would be a great choice if you’re looking for the best headphones for watching movies. 

As always, thanks for tuning in for another audio-obsessive think piece.

Sonic Elevation: Ride The Waves.

 

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6 Comments

  • Daniella says:

    Hi, Dom,

    Great article, I’ve found it very useful!
    I bought a pair of headphones and to be honest, I am very disappointed with them. They really hurt my ears after watching TV for half an hour. Also, I often forget to recharge the batteries:) I bought them without knowing much about them and that was my mistake. This article really helps me to know how to buy headphones!
    What brand of headphone would you suggest?
    Thank you in advance!

    • Dom says:

      Hi Daniella,

      I’m sorry to hear that you had a negative experience with your purchase. 

      As far as my recommendation, it depends on what your budget is. If you can spend a little over $100 I would recommend either the V-Moda XS or the V-Moda Crossfade LP2s

      If you’re looking for something under $100, the Skullcandy Hesh 2 Wireless are a great option. 

      None of the headphones I listed above have given me any problems in the area of discomfort. 

      I hope this helps and I feel confident that if you choose to go with any of them, you’ll be more than satisfied. 

      Thanks for tuning in, 🙂

      Dom

  • John says:

    I am so glad I found this article. I now know the factors I need to consider when purchasing a new headphone. I have been searching for a good headphone to purchase, I have used a lot of headphones but I still haven’t found the perfect product. I should try one of the headphones you recommended.Thanks for sharing this article.

    • Dom says:

      Hey John,

      I’m glad you found it too! 

      I feel confident that if you choose to go with any of the headphones I’ve reviewed so far, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. My personal favorites are the V-Modas

      If you need any further assistance as far as recommendations go, let me know, I’d be more than happy to help you out. 🙂

      Thanks,

      Dom

  • Manny says:

    Hi!

    First I thought, sound quality is of course the most important one but then I realised it´s actually comfort.

    The sound has to be really good, no question asked but I think I would not bother about a little bit less sound quality in case the comfort is outstanding!

    Would you buy noise cancelling headphones in case you really only use them at home for movies and music? They are ususally quite expensive, aren´t they? I think I´d spend that money on the next better sound quality without noise canceling.

    Also, do any of these have surround sound or just stereo?

    Puh, lot´s of writing! Thanks for your feedback man, great website! I love your articles

    • Dom says:

      I couldn’t agree more Manny. Unless you’re someone who only listens to hi-res audio all the time, most headphones will be adequate. The sound quality definitely brings it all together (for movie watching especially).

      It really depends, there are some noise-cancelling models that are under $100 (like the COWIN E7s above) but the NC feature usually won’t be as effective as a more expensive model. I personally think NC is a good feature to have whether you’re at home watching movies or listening to music and also for when you’re out and about. 

      In some cases, a good pair of NC headphones can easily outperform a home theater setup (that’s purely subjective though). 

      The Bose SoundLink II model has the ActiveEQ feature which is similar to surround sound but if you want the option to use Bass Boost and Virtual Surround Sound, Sennheiser has a few systems that do that. 

      Thanks for stopping by Manny, hopefully that helps! 

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